19 Mar '12, 2am

Chevron Execs to Face Charges of Environmental Crimes in Brazil

Chevron Execs to Face Charges of Environmental Crimes in Brazil

It's been less than a week since news went public of Chevron's latest oil spill off the coast of Brazil , its second in less than 6 months, but troubles for the oil company and the environment are clearly escalating. Although early reports from Chevron sought to downplay the severity of the deepwater leak as an infrequent drip, a recent flyover of site by the Brazilian officials shows that the oil slick has already reached about 1 kilometer in length. Over the weekend, a federal judge ordered that 17 Chevron employees involved in this latest incident to surrender their passports, effectively forcing them to remain in the country as to face prosecution for various crimes against nature, reports the Associated Press . Brazilian prosecutors said Saturday they will file criminal charges against 17 executives of Chevron Corp. and drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. for a new oi...

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